High Society is my all-time favorite movie. This was the last Hollywood movie Grace Kelly ever made before she went off and married Prince Ranier of Monaco. This was the first time uber mega stars of the time Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra sang a duet. I just love this movie. It makes my heart happy every time I see it. I even have the musical soundtrack on my iPod and one song from it can instantly change my mood from dark to light.
So what’s this movie about? It’s about millionaires in Newport, Rhode Island. It’s about true love. It’s about falling from pedestals. It’s about Grace Kelly as Tracy Samantha Lord on the eve of her wedding to her second husband, George. The only problem is her ex-husband, played by Crosby, is still in love with her. He comes back to town for the Newport Jazz festival, but it soon becomes clear he’s come back to win his true love’s heart before it’s too late. Tracy becomes upset when the local tabloid blackmails her into having two reporters, played by Sinatra and Celeste Holm, cover her wedding. After a drunken bachelorette party, Tracy falls off her high horse and realizes she’s not as perfect as she expects herself and everyone else to be.
Throw in beautiful music written by Cole Porter and great one-liners and this is a musical classic. This is a musical adaptation of the movie Philadelphia Story and some may say it is its less superior predecessor, but I disagree. This movie sparkles and shines. My favorite scene from the whole movie is when Tracy remembers her honeymoon with Dexter on their boat, The True Love, and they sing the duet, “True Love.”
Some people might not like old movies (and this one is 56 years old) but I think this is rather fast paced for it’s time. It’s an enjoyable story line, witty, gorgeous, and the songs will have you singing out loud for days. And Kelly wore her real engagement ring from Prince Ranier in the movie.
|Quite a sparkler, amiright?|
Okay, the truth is I’m a huge movie buff and while High Society will always and forever in the history of everdom be my favorite movie, these are my top 10ish.
13. O Brother, Where art Thou?
Just a taste of the movie for you…